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Part 1 (7:11)
A Process not a Procedure

Part 2 (13:46)
Basics of Informed Consent

Part 3 (11:17)
Negligence and Consent



Informed Consent


This 3 part video course gives a comprehensive review of Informed Consent and the application in a modern dental practice.  The viewer is taught ways to ensure proper disclosure of treatment options to the patient , and how to properly document this two way communication process.  Taught by Dr. Philip Barbell, this course outlines the basic legal doctrines of Informed Consent which supports the current trend toward more disclosure.  The emphasis of the course is on the process not the “form”.  And that the process is a two way conversation with the patient at their level of understanding.  Dr. Barbell also covers aspects of “negligence and consent” and also “informed refusal”.  And some procedures do not require informed consent while others must be documented in writing, and signed by the provider and the patient.  All aspects of Informed Consent are reviewed in an easy to understand format meant to give you tools to use in your practice. 

This course is suitable for all members of the professional dental team, and for training new staff.


Philip R. Barbell, DDS, FAGD, FACD, FICD was a practicing general dentist in New Jersey for 38 years. He is now a Risk Management Consultant to Dentist's Advantage and serves on the board of the National Society of Dental Practitioners.


He has been involved in organized dentistry at the local, state and national levels, having served as President of Southern Dental Society of New Jersey and New Jersey Dental Association. He has been involved in the insurance arena for his entire professional career and has served as either a board member or officer of several dental insurance entities.


Dr. Barbell has been directly involved at the state and national level on dental association committees dealing with dental plans for over 25 years. He has also been involved in the dental liability area for over 25 years, having served for 11 years as President and Chairman of the Board of a national dentist owned and controlled malpractice insurance company. Dr. Barbell is a member of Southern Dental Society of New Jersey, New Jersey Dental Association and the American Dental Association. He is also a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists.